I’m Anna Mason. I’m a self-taught professional watercolour artist specialising in realism and botanical art.  I’ve created this website to share with you my watercolour technique and to help motivate you to begin or improve your own painting.

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How to paint a realistic, velvety fig in watercolour with Anna Mason

Figs are such interesting, not to mention delicious, fruits. The velvety skin and their bulbous shape is a lot of fun to paint. But there are many different colours to that skin, as well as lots of texture and markings to capture. It can make it a daunting subject to try in watercolour. So in this tip video

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Learning to paint can be a solitary activity. But what you need the most is some positive feedback on your work. That’s why I’ve set up the gallery page. For you to share and to support each other.

Fortnightly Featured Gallery Painting

Every fortnight I select a painting uploaded to the gallery to feature here on the homepage- a painting with something really positive we can take from it!

Red pepper


By Rachel Melvin – “I decided to use Anna’s chilli tutorial to paint my own pepper, so I bought this lovely shiny Romano pepper from my local green grocer and photographed it at home. I’ve only done a few watercolour paintings so I was delighted that with Anna’s guidance I could produce this as I’m sure I could never have done it on my own! Not quite finished yet but nearly there. “

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I’ve set up my online school to make it easy for you to learn to paint watercolours like me.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have finally discovered a professional online course that teaches every detail – from how to hold the brush, mix the paint, the markings to make, and most importantly Anna’s unique painting method.” Sally Filer